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Eyring Temple

President Henry B. Eyring describes “the miracle” on the hill
at devotional

President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, called the Rexburg Temple and Brigham Young University-Idaho “a miracle” at devotional June 9.

“The miracle has at least three parts,” he explained. “First, that the temple and the university are side-by-side on one Rexburg hill; second, that the two were created together at this time; and third, that the few but significant differences between the university and the temple should combine so well to accomplish the Lord's purposes.”

President Eyring shared that such a miracle would truly present positive results. “All of the people who learn and serve here will be changed for the better. Wherever they go they will be more eager to help others, more determined to keep promises, more confident that with God's help we can accomplish hard things, and more inclined to give credit for success to others but mostly to God.”

Tech Support

New department offers one-stop-shop
academic technology support

Brigham Young University-Idaho has a brand-new addition to its robust campus—the newly formed Academic Technology Services Department. This new area was created to establish a first-class customer service base; a one-stop shop students and faculty can turn to for all of their academically related technology needs.

Previously, for example, faculty would need to call one department for help with online learning tools, another for help with a classroom video shoot, and another for help using a classroom projector. Now, they can turn to just one department, whether they have a burnt-out light bulb or need high-level technical support.

"One of our main goals is to act as a 'partner' with the faculty and students. We’re here to help them in the most effective and efficient way possible,” said Kent Barrus, Academic Technology Services director.

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Clark Zion

President Kim B. Clark invites students to build Zion

President Kim B. Clark encouraged Brigham Young University-Idaho students to seek high moral standards and to build Zion in the first devotional address of Fall Semester 2009. His wife, Sue, also addressed the students and spoke of three essential nutrients for spiritual growth: love of God, love of fellowman, and love of self.

Comparing low morals to Babylon and using the holy city of Zion as a metaphor for high values, President Clark urged students to lift each other to a new level of morality and virtue. “We are to leave the towers and the great and spacious buildings of spiritual Babylon and to come to Zion,” President Clark said.

He also gave three characteristics that will help students flee from Babylon and build Zion. He encouraged students to be unified and pure in heart, and to take care that there are no poor among them by watching over each other’s spiritual and temporal well-being.

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Fall 2009 enrollment proves consistent

Statistics show this Fall's enrollment at Brigham Young University-Idaho is comparable to last Fall.

According to figures from the BYU-Idaho Student Records and Registration Office, total enrollment increased by 1.3 percent when compared to last Fall Semester, and the full-time equivalent (FTE) increased by 1.8 percent. FTE is calculated by dividing the total number of credits being taken by 15, a full credit load.

“Consistency in enrollment now allows the university to adequately prepare for our enhanced enrollment goals in years to come,” said Kyle Martin, registrar.

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Oaks Freedom

Elder Dallin H. Oaks encourages students to protect religious freedom

Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, encouraged students to defend religious freedom during a devotional October 13.

Elder Oaks taught that religious freedom, as outlined in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, is and will continue to be under attack. “The contest is of eternal importance,” he said, “and it is your generation that must understand the issues and make the efforts to prevail.”

Elder Oaks outlined five steps to protect religious freedom: always speak with love, don’t be deterred or coerced into silence by intimidation, insist on the freedom to preach doctrines of the LDS faith, be wise in political participation, and never advocate that religious tests are necessary to qualify a candidate for a public office.

“Religious values and political realities are so interlinked in the origin and perpetuation of this nation that we cannot lose the influence of Christianity in the public square without seriously jeopardizing our freedoms,” he said. “I maintain that this is a political fact, well qualified for argument in the public square by religious people whose freedom to believe and act must always be protected by what is properly called our ‘First Freedom’: the free exercise of religion.”

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Charles Andersen

New university vice president appointed

BYU-Idaho appointed Charles Andersen to the position of University Resources vice president, effective November 23. Andersen replaced James Smyth, who retired, after thirty years of service to the university.

Charles Anderson began his employment with BYU-Idaho in August 2002. Prior to being appointed as a vice president, he served as the managing director of University Operations. As part of his new responsibilities he oversees Physical Facilities Operations, University Relations, Financial Services, and Human Resources.

“We are very pleased to have Brother Andersen in this new capacity. He brings with him a wealth of qualifications and experience that will serve the university well. We welcome him and look forward to his faithful service,” said President Kim Clark.

Prior to coming to BYU-Idaho, Brother Andersen worked as the assistant vice president for Facilities Management at Minnesota State University, as director of Facilities Management at Yavapai College, and as building operations specialist at Amoco Corporation. He received a bachelor’s degree in physical plant administration from Brigham Young University.

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Nursing Holy Land

Nursing program extends to Holy Land

Rising tensions in the Middle East forced BYU-Idaho’s nursing program home nine years ago, but they returned Fall Semester 2009.

Susan Dicus, chair of the Department of Nursing, is staying at the BYU Jerusalem Center for the duration of Fall Semester and is helping to reinstate the nursing program in four Palestinian hospitals.

Nursing students are re-establishing relationships with hospitals and the Jerusalem community. They are also laying the foundation for a future community settings course that will help students learn how to deal with medical issues in different cultures.

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Online Learning

BYU-Idaho offers new online degree

BYU-Idaho recently introduced a new online associate degree, available to help students who live away from campus.

About a year-and-a-half ago, BYU-Idaho introduced the Bachelor of University Studies (B.U.S.) online degree. University Studies is a general, non-specialized degree, in which students complete two minors and one cluster. The program was designed to help students who began studying at BYU-Idaho but had to move away from campus. The new online associate degree will make it possible for similar students to obtain a two-year degree if they do not wish to complete the bachelor’s program.

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